A Valentine’s Day wish to my daughter

Eesha, who had BEAR surgery for an ACL tear, on the street

Eesha Bhagwat is a 16-year-old high school junior who had a bridge-enhanced ACL repair (BEAR) last summer at Boston Children’s.

Dear Eesha,

Valentine’s Day is just a reminder that I love you to the moon and back. I want to let you know how much I adore you and admire your resilience in the face of difficult times. I know this past year has been very hard on you, with your ACL surgery. Although you had to sit out of all your favorite activities, including cheerleading, rugby and dance, you were still very upbeat and brave and remained a trouper throughout your recovery journey.

I am so proud of you, even though sometimes, or most of the time, you behave like a typical teenager and don’t want anything to do with me. I still love getting text messages from you from your room asking when dinner will be ready.

Wishing you a Valentine’s Day full of chocolates … lots and lots of chocolates.